Rare Mosquito Virus Found in New Hampshire


Medical officials say a case of a rare mosquito virus has been found in New Hampshire.

According to a media release, the virus is called the Jamestown Canyon Virus. The health department says the first human case in the state has been confirmed in Hanover.

Officials say normally deer and a variety of mosquitos can catch it but people can too.

“Jamestown Canyon Virus is one of several viral infections that can be transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito in New Hampshire,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan.

“It is an uncommon infection to be found, but similar to WNV and EEE, it also has the potential to cause serious health complications, including central nervous system infection. Because of the risk for various infections from mosquitoes, we want to remind people to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and remove areas of standing water around their homes where mosquitoes might breed and reproduce,” added Chan.

A media release says, since 2000 around 50 human cases have been confirmed nationwide.

The virus can cause serious complications to your central nervous system including meningitis. Click here for more information.

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